The final stage of the Giro d’Italia 2014 is a 172 km flat stage from Gemona Del Friuli to Trieste.
DATE: Jun 01 2014, Sunday
STAGE TYPE: Flat
START-FINISH: Gemona Del Friuli (215m) > Trieste (3m)
LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 172.0 km
Start: Gemona del Friuli
Gemona del Friuli is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 90 kilometres (56 miles) northwest of Trieste and about 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Udine.Gemona’s main attraction is the medieval cathedral (Duomo), dating to the 14th century, with its massive campanile (freestanding bell tower) of the same period.
Trieste is a city and seaport in northeastern Italy. It is situated towards the end of a narrow strip of Italian territory lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, which lies almost immediately south and east of the city. Trieste is located at the head of the Gulf of Trieste and throughout history it has been influenced by its location at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures. In 2009, it had a population of about 205,000 and it is the capital of the autonomous region Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trieste province.Trieste was one of the oldest parts of the Habsburg Monarchy. In the 19th century, it was the most important port of one of the Great Powers of Europe. As a prosperous seaport in the Mediterranean region, Trieste became the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after Vienna, Budapest, and Prague). In the fin-de-siecle period, it emerged as an important hub for literature and music. It underwent an economic revival during the 1930s, and Trieste was an important spot in the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocs after the Second World War. Today, the city is in one of the richest regions of Italy, and has been a great centre for shipping, through its port (Port of Trieste), shipbuilding and financial services.
In 2012 Lonely Planet.com listed the city of Trieste as the world’s most underrated travel destination.
On June 30, 1946, less than a year after the end of World War II, during the 12th stage of the Giro from Rovigo to Trieste, some anti-Italian activists who wanted Trieste to be part of the newly-formed Yugoslavia stopped the Giro 2km east of the village of Pieris, nearly 40km before the finish line. The activists blocked the road with cement blocks and threw stones and nails at the riders. The Giro organization had already decided to declare the stage end in Pieris and neutralized the general classification for the day, but some of the riders, led by the Trieste-born Giordano Cottur, insisted on riding to Trieste anyway.This was the first Giro and the first Grand Tour that both Italian legends Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali were opponents on separate teams. Bartali was the overall victor.